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The scenario in the UK
It is estimated that about three million people in the UK are regularly incontinent. Overall, this is about 4 in 100 adults. However, as many as 1 in 5 women over the age of 40 have some degree of overactive bladder. It is likely that the true number of people affected is much higher as people often deny the reality of this unpleasant fact to avoid embarrassment.
What is Urinary incontinence?
If you have urinary incontinence it means that you pass urine even when you do not mean to. This means that you can't always control when you urinate. This situation can range from leaking a small amount of urine to having a very strong and uncontrollable urge of urinating. You may find it embarrassing to consult your doctor about it or also presume it to occur due to ageing and leave it untreated. This may lead to urinary tract infection.
It is important to understand that this Urinary disorder isn't a disease, it's a symptom. It can be caused due to series of factors. A thorough evaluation by your doctor can help you determine real cause behind your involuntary urination.
Finding the root cause
A problem with millions of sufferers, urinary incontinence is the most common in people older than 50 years of age, especially women. It is essential to know the biological cause of this disorder first to nullify it.
Urine is stored in the bladder. It leaves the body through a tube that is connected to the bladder called the urethra. The above image will assist you to get a clear understanding of this phenomenon. Muscles in the wall of the bladder contract to force urine out through the urethra. At the same time, sphincter muscles around the urethra relax to let the urine pass out of the body. The constant urge for urination happens if the bladder muscles suddenly contract or the sphincter muscles are not strong enough to hold back urine.
Yet another type of Leakage problems also happens with coughing, sneezing, exercising, laughing, lifting heavy things, and other movements that put pressure on the bladder which is referred as Stress incontinence.
Other causes of unintentional loss of urine that can affect women and men are:
- pregnancy and vaginal birth
- a family history of incontinence
- increasing age – although incontinence is not an inevitable part of ageing
- Caffeine and alcohol
How to prevent Incontinence?
There are several self-help techniques you can resort upon to reduce the chance of developing this bladder problem- controlling your weight, avoiding or cutting down on alcohol and keeping fit by ensuring that your pelvic floor muscles are strong. Besides this, you can use the right leakage solutions. Stop suffering in silence rather fight the problem with our all-natural product range. However while trying out various measures it is important that you talk about your battle of incontinence with your doctor.